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The Hunting Wind (Alex McKnight #3)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  2,274 Ratings  ·  161 Reviews
Before he became a private investigator, before he served in the Detroit police, and long before he retreated to the wintry reaches of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Alex McKnight played ball in the minor leagues. He doesn't spend much time thinking about those days, at least not until a former teammate comes looking for him. . . .

The man's here to ask a favor. He wants Alex
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 15th 2002 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published 2001)
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Jul 16, 2017 Veronica rated it liked it
I like Alex's sense of humor but I was not satisfied with that ending.
Emma♔☯ (Bookishfix)
DNF @ 60%

As much as i hate to DNF a book, i just cant anymore. Im not gonna bother writing a full review about this book. It literally bored me to death and wasn't at all what i was expecting it to be.
Living in Australia, baseball isn't a big thing here at all and a big chunk of the first few chapters is about the MC and his friends baseball career back in the day. His friend trying to find a girl he met back in his teens (he is now in his 40), is just weird he doesn't even know her real name,
Oct 31, 2011 Michael rated it liked it
It's a good sign that the Alex McKnight books keep getting better. Still not as good as The Lock Artist, but Hamilton clearly cares about his craft, and there's a lot to like here. Very well paced with two very different halves of the book that really work well together. Glad I stuck with the series.
Maureen DeLuca
Aug 05, 2016 Maureen DeLuca rated it liked it
H'mm - ok , maybe not a true 4 star- how about a 3.5 and I'll let you decide.

Ex-Detroit police detective Alex McKnight is a private investigator in (fictional) Paradise, Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula on the shores of Lake Superior. But, before this, for a brief time - 30 years ago - Alex McKnight played ball in the minor leagues. He doesn't spend much time thinking about those days, at least not until a former teammate comes looking for him. . . .

His old friend wants him to help him find the
Mary Sue
Mar 21, 2014 Mary Sue rated it really liked it
Alex McKnight is jarred out of his usual state of fireside numbness by the arrival of a former baseball minor league roommate. After the backslapping and introductions to Paradise, MI other hangers-on, the two retire to Alex's cabin. During the night the story unravels of his former roomie Randy's sudden appearance. And like the other Alex McK books the non-stop action begins. From the UP to Detroit to the shore of Lake Michigan to Traverse City to the UP and then the journey is repeated. We see ...more
Bonnie Murray
Apr 26, 2017 Bonnie Murray rated it liked it
I like this author.
John Caviglia
May 24, 2014 John Caviglia rated it liked it
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Dec 21, 2016 Dave rated it really liked it
When I started the book I wondered to myself what could be better, than a good detective series of an author I just discovered? Then I found out the book had baseball as a subplot and was in heaven. The book was good, a bit of departure from the first 2 of the series. But I enjoyed it a lot and look forward to the next one in line
Jessie Bradford
Nov 08, 2016 Jessie Bradford rated it it was amazing
I read it in a day, being from Michigan I could see the streets in Detroit he talked about within the book. The book did have some parts that could have moved faster but being the first book I've read by this author, I found that it was actually a good ending.
May 24, 2017 Andi rated it really liked it
"... every single day of your life should be special enough to celebrate with champagne."(227)

"... the Upper Peninsula. As always, it felt like a different world. Maybe that's why I came up here in the first place. And why I've stayed so long." (330)
Jun 27, 2017 320bird rated it liked it
Sarah Alawami
May 08, 2017 Sarah Alawami rated it it was amazing
I thought the ending would be the conventional ending however the main character seems to be spiraling into a depression by the end of the book. It still is a very good read though.
Jul 17, 2017 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
Read it long time ago. Was very good. I will continue to read Steve Hamilton books.
Nov 16, 2016 Cspindel rated it liked it
Ok, didn't like the ending get there was unfinished ties.
Dan Darragh
Mar 04, 2017 Dan Darragh rated it really liked it
If you like your crime thrillers to be page-turners from page 1 until the end, ala James Patterson or John Sandford, The Hunting Wind is not the book for you. It's 306 pages and the first 100 are more about getting to know the two main characters, Alex McKnight an ex-cop and minor league ball player and his old teammate Randy Wilkins. But Alex is a likable enough guy, someone you'd like to sit around and have a few beers with, and his home in the wilderness of Michigan's Upper Peninsula and many ...more
Feb 27, 2012 Jonathan rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, mystery
The Hunting Wind is Steve Hamilton's third book in the Alex McKnight mystery series. McKnight, an ex-Detroit cop who is administering his family set of cabins in the northern part of Michigan, runs into an old friend, a pitcher back from his days as a catcher in the Detroit Tigers farm system. He hasn't seen the guy in over 20 years, since he got called up by the Tigers, and got shelled in his one and only major league appearance.

This lefty wants him to find an old flame, someone he met while in
Dan Smith
Feb 26, 2017 Dan Smith rated it it was amazing
I like Alex McKnight
Sep 04, 2013 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Hamilton's series character Alex McKnight is an ex-Detroit cop now living in a remote part of Michigan as the supposedly idle half of a private-eye partnership; decades ago he had baseball aspirations as a catcher (UK readers: think wicketkeeper), but he wasn't good enough. Now, out of the past, one of his pitchers (bowlers), Randy Wilkins, reappears asking Alex, in his guise as PI, to help him search for the first girl he loved, a fortuneteller's daughter called Maria. Reluctantly, Alex goes wi
Book #3 in the Alex McKnight series. Love this series - this one was as good as always. This time an old friend that Alex use to play minor league baseball with some 30 years ago shows up and wants Alex to help him find the 'girl that got away' (also from 30 years ago). Finally Alex decides to help him with some misgivings which he probably should have listened to more closely. In all of Hamilton's books his endings are always surprising and different. I've found that I have a pretty good predic ...more
Thomas Bruso
Jan 11, 2014 Thomas Bruso rated it it was amazing
Why is Alex McKnight's friend, Randy Wilkins, traveling 3,000 miles to Lake Superior to see him? After thirty years, Wilkins has harbored a secret--a secret that will lead him and McKnight through a treacherous night of endless darkness and violence.

In Steve Hamilton's third mysterious, atmospheric, and fast-paced thrill ride from Lake to Superior to the outer edge of madness, McKnight's friendship is tested to the limits, as dark secrets of his thirty years friendship with Wilkins will shake Mc
Kathy McC
Sep 06, 2010 Kathy McC rated it liked it
While I didn't find this book as enthralling as the first book by Hamilton that I read, I finished it in one evening. How can you not enjoy a book that perfectly describes spring in Northern Michigan? "It was one of those April days in Michigan where the temperature gets up to seventy and you start to think that summer is around the corner. The next day it will be thirty degrees again. But, you fall for it every time." How could I not enjoy an author who shares my love of Tiger Stadium? "They ar ...more
Oct 01, 2013 Andrew rated it liked it
This was an enjoyable, easy flowing read with a good plot and interesting characters. I particularly enjoyed how the two main characters played off each other, and found the Randy character very interesting and fun.

But it just slightly fizzled for me at the end. Not that there was anything wrong with the ending, it's just that as I was enjoying the story so much I kept thinking how much I hoped the ending would knock my socks off. I guess it just didn't...quite.

You know the classic notion that h
Oct 19, 2013 Kat rated it it was amazing
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Jul 19, 2013 Ann rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2013
Alex's friend Randy comes to town and pulls Alex into a search for a woman Randy met briefly decades before. Glimpses into Alex's baseball days and how he is compelled to help others while resisting the role of a private detective. I am catching up with Alex McKnight; this isn't my favorite of the series, not bad, but not great. I had a hard time rooting for anybody in this one though I learned more about Alex. He spent a great deal of time in his car driving for hours between cities in Michigan ...more
Jacki (Julia Flyte)
Apr 04, 2015 Jacki (Julia Flyte) rated it liked it
Steve Hamilton writes books that read like Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar series crossed with Lee Child. His hero, Alex McKnight, is a former police officer and one time baseball pitcher living the quiet life in northern Michigan. Out of the blue, Randy Wilkins - a former baseball teammate - turns up and asks Alex to help him track down an old flame who he hasn't seen in 30 years. The story starts slowly with what seems to be a simple "cherchez la femme" mission, but it quickly emerges that virtua ...more
Sep 09, 2010 Carol/Bonadie rated it liked it
It's been years since I read an Alex McKnight, and I'm not sure why this series hasn't grabbed me the way it has others. On the positive side, this story seemed to me like a good oldfashioned noir story, with a private eye in search of a beautiful woman, this one not from his own past but from a former friend's. I didn't have a clue how this was going to turn out, so I was happy with how things progressed. On the other hand, the story was soooooooo slooooooooow in developing, and Alex McKnight r ...more
Brian Clapper
Jun 07, 2013 Brian Clapper rated it really liked it
I put this series in the category of "television substitutes," and the books are all thoroughly enjoyable examples of that category. The main character, Alex McKnight; is a former minor league baseball player, a former Detroit cop (who took three bullets during the shooting that killed his partner); and an uninterested, but licensed, private investigator. He considers himself a failure at all three. He lives in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, where he ends up sticking his nose into problems that, in ...more
Sep 26, 2013 Leevora rated it really liked it
So this was an interesting little mystery. I swear Alex just stumbles his way into trouble with every turn he makes. Sometimes on purpose... Sometimes by accident. LOL I know some of the negative reviewers complained The reason for Randy looking for Maria wasn't explained but it was explained and Alex did an absolute great job of explaining it. It's common sense.... Once you find out about Randy and Maria's relationship, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what the deal is between t ...more
Jan 19, 2014 wally rated it really liked it
Shelves: hamilton
read this in january...thought i did a review...guess not. was out in vegas...maybe going up the awful tower...the tower eiffel...and perhaps i had on a local-color tee-shirt...local as in u.p. something north and a lady the elevator? i forget...talks books...asks if i read any hamilton. nope...not yet. was this the first? mighta been.

good story...4-stars...i enjoyed it...though it takes place way over on the eastern end of the u.p. there and canada as i recall, couple forays up there
Katherine Clark
Sep 25, 2011 Katherine Clark rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. I couldn't find the first in the series at my library, so started at the third (which is something I no longer really like to do.) But, it was good. I'd say soft to medium boiled with a pleasant protagonist who isn't too full of himself. I've ordered the rest of the series from the library--his first, A Cold Day in Paradise, won the Edgar and I think the Shamus, so I am curious. My favorite part: the setting is chiefly UP in Michigan which is a place I've always been curious ...more
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“said. “Now that he’s found me again. Or he’d come himself. . . .” “Maria, why don’t you just sign away the full partnership money? Tell him you’ll take the twenty percent and forfeit the rest?” She looked at me. “You could stop running,” I said. “I don’t know,” she said. “Maybe” 0 likes
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